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Bad news: your car is a spy. If your vehicle was made in the last few years, you’re probably driving around in a data-harvesting machine that may collect personal information as sensitive as your race, weight, and sexual activity. Volkswagen’s cars reportedly know if you’re fastening your seatbelt and how hard you hit the brakes.
That’s according to new findings from Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included project. The nonprofit found that every major car brand fails to adhere to the most basic privacy and security standards in new internet-connected models, and all 25 of the brands Mozilla examined flunked the organization’s test. Mozilla found brands including BMW, Ford, Toyota, Tesla, and Subaru collect data about drivers including race, facial expressions, weight, health information, and where you drive. Some of the cars tested collected data you wouldn’t expect your car to know about, including details about sexual activity, race, and immigration status, according to Mozilla.
“Many people think of their car as a private space — somewhere to call your doctor, have a personal conversation with your kid on the way to school, cry your eyes out over a break-up, or drive places you might not want the world to know about,” said Jen Caltrider, program direction of the *Privacy Not Included project, in a press release. “But that perception no longer matches reality. All new cars today are privacy nightmares on wheels that collect huge amounts of personal information.”
According to Gizmodo, contemporary automobiles employ a range of data collection tools, encompassing microphones, cameras, and smartphones linked to the drivers’ vehicles. Additionally, manufacturers gather data through their mobile applications and websites, with the potential to subsequently sell or distribute this data to third parties. According to Mozilla, Nissan is the biggest offender.
Disturbing privacy concerns: A recent report reveals that automakers Nissan and Kia can collect data on their drivers’ “sexual activity” and “sex lives,” potentially selling this sensitive information to third parties. @Kia @Nissan @NissanUSA #Kia #NISSAN #DataPrivacy 1/4 pic.twitter.com/ZRvMMWfzxI
— Shailesh Gajula (@shailesh_gajula) September 8, 2023
— HT Auto (@HTAutotweets) September 14, 2023
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